Campus Renovations

Texas City ISD Completes New STEM, Robotics Center

The Texas City Independent School District near Houston, Texas, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new STEM and Robotics Center geared towards students across grades K–12, according to a news release. The district partnered with Pfluger Architects and Bartlett Cocke for the project’s design and construction. It involved the conversion of a vacant storage building into a STEM lab for both educational and competitive use.

The building features an open arena to host robotics competitions, as well as a control room where students can manage video and audio. It also offers a fabrication lab for metal and woodworking, classrooms, and a maker space for elementary-school students.

“Working with Texas City ISD to bring the STEM Center to life has been a remarkable journey,” said Raleigh Sullivan, managing principal at the Houston office of Pfluger. “Their vision and leadership significantly contributed to this project's success. We're proud to have contributed to a space where so much learning and discovery will unfold.”

Local industry partner Marathon Petroleum Corporation donated $1 million to the project’s construction. Funding also came from a portion of a $158.6-million bond package passed in 2022. Marathon played an active role in shaping the building’s design and curriculum to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM.

“This state-of-the-art facility, the first achievement from the 2022 bond referendum, is the result of collaborative efforts, dedication and the unwavering support of our community,” said Dr. Melissa Duarte, TCISD Superintendent. “I want to thank the architects at Pfluger and the team at Bartlett-Cocke for bringing this dream to life. Together, we have created an environment that will not only satisfy the curiosity of our students, but will also serve as a catalyst for stimulating creativity and advancing critical thinking skills.”

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